Everyone Needs a Go Kit

Go Kits

Go Kits contain essential supplies for yourself, and your family or business, for 36 hours or more, in a portable pack or bag. If you have a fire, or otherwise need to evacuate your house, are stranded off-island, or have volunteer or other responsibilities that take you away from your home, it makes sense to have your most critical information lists, a bit of food and basic survival equipment ready somewhere outside the home, in a protected location. For most people, leaving this in the trunk of your car is the most convenient.

Go Kits are portable, so differ from your basic home emergency supplies - which should have everything your family needs for an extended 10 days.

The contents of your Go Kit should be personalized based on your situation, but we present some basic ideas to consider below. Remember that your Go Kit is only of use if it is readily available at all times, wherever you are, and all supplies are periodically refreshed.

VashonBePrepared's Go Kit Recommendations

Everyone needs a Go Kit! Take it everywhere you go!

There are many emergency kit inventory lists available to review online, but here are some basics to consider:

  1. cell phone
  2. key contact list
  3. GMRS/FMRS radios with extra batteries
  4. flashlight with extra batteries
  5. local phone book
  6. map of Vashon
  7. geocode map (we'll give you that)
  8. lined pad, pencils, scotch tape, clip board
  9. medications
  10. water
  11. some food like granola bars
  12. jacket
  13. blanket
  14. whistle
  15. driver's license or a copy of some ID,
  16. a credit card or cash

Ready for the Road

Imagine that you are in your car when the big earthquake hits and you are stranded somewhere. All islanders should be prepared for the unexpected. Do you have what you and your family and/or passengers might need to survive for 36 hours? If you are like most people, you probably don't. Here are some suggestions and be sure to add your own:

  • A full tank of gas, or as close to one as possible
  • Warm jackets, hats and mittens for each occupant. A blanket is always good too.
  • Water - at least a quart/person/day
  • First Aid kit
  • Cell phone, address book, a list of key contacts and a local phone book
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Essential prescription medicines and essential foods
  • A small, battery operated pocket size radio in case you run out of gas
  • Extra cash. If the power is out, cash machines and credit cards won't work.